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Water's Early Journey in a Solar System


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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a fledgling solar system like the one depicted in this artist's concept, and discovered deep within it enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times. This water vapor starts out in the form of ice in a cloudy cocoon (not pictured) that surrounds the embryonic star, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B (buried in center of image). Material from the cocoon, including ice, falls toward the center of the cloud. The ice then smacks down onto a dusty pre-planetary disk circling the stellar embryo (doughnut-shaped cloud) and vaporizes. Eventually, this water might make its way into developing planets.


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Creator NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
Date 0000
Relation Water Vapor Seen 'Raining Down' on Young Star System [ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/releases/ssc2007-14/release.shtml ]
Insightuid nasaNAS~12~12~67456~172252
Source http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-14d
What Spitzer Space Telescope
What Earth
What Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
Where NGC 1
Identifier SPITZ-ssc2007-14d
Addeddate 2009-10-06 03:54:27
Publicdate 2009-10-06 07:10:19

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